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Memories All Your Own

by Stacie Hoppman on September 25,2020 in Camp Talk Parents with No Comments

Memories All Your Own

We live in a very connected world. Can you remember a time before email, text messaging, and social media allowed us to receive news instantaneously? When I (Stacie) was 15, I got a pen pal. We used to write each other actual letters that we would send across the country to each other. I remember... read more

What Do We Do When the Lights Go Out?

by Stacie Hoppman on August 17,2020 in Growing Faith with No Comments

What Do We Do When the Lights Go Out?

It’s probably safe to say that 2020 can be summed up in one word: chaos. The Coronavirus Pandemic turned the world upside down as people retreated to their homes, schools closed, businesses shut down, and travel was halted. New phrases like “social distancing” and “shelter in place” were added to everyone’s vernacular. The economic impact... read more

Thank You to the Summer Camp Counselors

by Stacie Hoppman on July 29,2020 in Camp Staff Summer Camp with No Comments

Thank You to the Summer Camp Counselors

Summer staff sit together around a campfire. They have just spent two weeks training and preparing for summer camp. That means everything from learning how to make friendship bracelets out of string, cleaning program equipment and spaces, practicing lifeguard rescues, and singing hours and hours of campfire songs. They are weary but excited. The first... read more

Why We Need To Go Outside

by Stacie Hoppman on July 1,2020 in Sites and Activities with No Comments

Why We Need To Go Outside

We’ve noticed an interesting trend at camp the last few years. More and more kids are showing up at the health center complaining of these strange, itchy, red bumps. It is the first time in their life that they have encountered a mosquito bite. It’s a new phenomenon for them that inspires alarm and is... read more

What Happens When Our Plans Are Lost?

by Stacie Hoppman on April 29,2020 in Growing Faith with No Comments

What Happens When Our Plans Are Lost?

Some people are planners. I know that I certainly am. I like to feel prepared and in control. I plan and prep my meals. I make to do lists. I have a budget and weekly schedules I rely on. In some respects, being a planner makes me a good camp director. I have plans and... read more